Ancient meets post-modern in Ammer Jacome´s paintings. The Brazilian artist paints stunning portraits that transcend heritage. Jacome spans the wide spectrum of the beauty of humanity. Native Americans and Carnival performers, warriors and children, take center stage in the artist´s dramatic portrayals of life. While the subject matter is timeless, Jacome´s style is of the moment. Most notable is his tendency to fragment imagery.
A standard portrait gets a not-so-standard treatment when Jacome slices the canvas into several horizontal chunks of color. The image pushes past each of the color blocks, as if each panel is a different lens through which the artist and the viewer can see the subject. In other portraits, the subject matter is treated to bold cropping. Close ups of faces denote each person´s strength of character. The personal portraits are like stills from a movie. Brilliant turquoise and canary yellows burst from the canvas in strong brushstrokes, while tawny browns ground the paintings in a naturalistic setting. Full of energy, Jacome´s paintings stir the soul.